Cobb: "Sir. How much longer do we have to put up with these amateurs?"
Unknown superior officer: "Since your brain can't fathom why the Marines are here, I'll lay it bare. The old man brought them in for two reasons: they're the shock troops, they move in take the losses, point out the enemy and we do the cleanup. Second, they're the public face of this occupation. When the city is burned to the ground, they take the fall."
―A Blackwatch officer explaining Marines presence in the city.